Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Behavior Management Ideas

It's hard to believe that it's almost November.  It's been an incredibly busy month with iep meetings, testing and a group that has been really keeping me on my toes.  This year I have one of the hardest groups I've ever had, and one of the nicest groups I've ever had.   Plus, I've been dealing with a chest cold that's been dragging on and on.  So it's been leaving me exhausted!! 

Typically I've only used one classroom management plan and that's worked out pretty well.  I've used and still use a sticker chart system where students work towards the treasure box, as well as Dojo points where students also work towards rewards and points.  That's always worked pretty well for me, and the students have always typically responded.  They are also able to earn tickets towards a big school wide drawing at the end of the week.

However, this year I've been finding that one is not enough.  I have a lot of students on behavior plans and using individual point sheets which is becoming really hard to manage since they come and go from my room to their classrooms, as well as other classrooms.  I would love, love, love to hear what others do for their behavior management within their classrooms, especially if they like me have students that go back and forth between classrooms.  It would be great to use something that would fit seamlessly into my daily routine and classroom.

It's almost Friday!  Yay!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

A great resource for teaching multiplying with multiple digits!!

Hope everyone is having a great October.  I just finished my fall break and now it's time to get ready to return to work and get back into the routine.   I didn't go anywhere exciting, but it was nice to just hang out at home and relax.  I saw movies and met friends for lunch and coffee.  Today was my first day back at school.  It was hard getting used to having to wake up with an alarm clock again.

Anyway, I've been working on teaching my students to multiply double digit numbers.  They had such a hard time getting things mixed up, what steps to take when.  I was looking around through websites and videos and found this cute video called Turtlehead Multiplication.

My students love it and ask to watch it over and over again.  It takes students step by step what  to do and how to do it, in a cute, funny and engaging way.

Happy Monday!!  Hope you have a great week ahead of you!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

It's time for October Currently!

It's hard to believe that it's October already.  The school year is flying by and already the first quarter is over and we're gearing up for Fall Break.  I am SO ready for it!!  It's been a rough start to the school year.  I have a lot of characters this year in one of my grade levels.  Luckily it's balanced out by a really sweet, wonderful great grade level.  They're so fun and sweet and hard workers.  Plus, there are so many changes coming down the line for my students with common core.  Unfortunately, I haven't blogged as much as I like because I've been so busy and up with work, and I haven't spent much time taking care of myself or anything else.  Hopefully, things will turn around soon.  Anyway, without further ado here is this months Currently.

Listening-I discovered Parenthood on Netflix, and have been catching up on old episodes in hope to be current when the new season starts.

Loving-It's been a long, hot summer in Arizona and I'm SO happy it's finally cooling down here.  It's much needed and I'm looking forward to all the fun things I can do once the weather cools down.

Thinking-Fall break is only three days away, I'm so excited!!

Wanting-One of the things I like about this time of year are the seasonal foods and drinks-like pumpkin spice lattes.  Yummy!!

Needing-Some free time to catch up on my life.  Luckily fall break is right around the corner.  I'm really looking forward to relaxing and recharging.

Trick or Treat- My trick to getting along is agreeing with people and doing what you want to do anyway.

What are you doing Currently?  Come on over and tell us what your doing currently.

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